NY nurse called in alert when Kennedy took newborn

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawyer for a suburban New York maternity nurse says she called in a hospital alert for a newborn abduction when one of Robert F. Kennedy's sons tried to take his own son off the floor for a walk.

A group of nurses says they saw Douglas Kennedy head for the door but they were not sure if he had permission to take the child. A lawyer for the nurses tells the New York Post (http://nyp.st/AfGmNY ) that hospital guidelines say a newborn can't leave the ward without written permission. The nurses say Kennedy attacked them and injured them.

Kennedy has been charged with harassment and child endangerment in the Jan. 7 altercation. Kennedy and his wife say in a statement that the charges are "absurd."

He was arraigned Thursday.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com